Spring 2014 Weekly Farm Updates - May 28th
Things are starting to pick up a bit this week! We’re all working hard to get our CSA members the most delicious, organically grown produce we can, well, produce!
Steven, Ryan and the guys have been working their tails off to get things planted, and just like last week, mother nature is not cooperating. They had begun to get some potatoes in the ground, and with about half an acre planted, the sky opened up and we got 5 inches in just under 2 hours. Well potatoes get planted in little mountains of soil, which of course means there are little valleys running along side them. So when you get that much rain that fast, the water pours through the valleys and beats down the mountains, and those lovely little potatoes, with no established roots to hold them in place yet, go for a wild, washed out ride. And those that hold on tight can easily rot with that much moisture in the soil.
So needless to say, potato planting had to start all over again. With round two well underway, I’m happy to report that the guys were able to get the banana, laratte, red thumb and french fingerlings in the ground yesterday. However, as I was leaving the farm in the evening, the sky, once again, opened up. Let’s all say a little potato prayer, and cross our little fingerlings that those babies after still snuggled up in their mountains.
There is one person on the farm that’s thrilled with tonight’s rain, however, and that’s Thea! She’s working hard in her garden to get her flowers ready for the market & CSA shares, and when she stopped by to visit me in the barn and grab some strawberries for her jam making, she had a big smile on her face when I mentioned the impending storm. At least one good thing will come from this deluge — her beautiful blooms!
While preparing the potato fields yesterday, the guys discovered that we have a new resident on the farm. It seems a killdeer bird had built her nest out in the open in the field, as this species often does, and she was blocking the way of Steven’s tractor. Apparently she is so protective of her eggs, that the guys were able to get within a foot of her, and she still wouldn’t relinquish her perch. Luckily for everyone concerned, Steven was able to relocate her nest to a much more suitable (to us anyway) location, and she’s happily brooding over her babies in her new neighborhood.
Spring typically brings with it a perfect mix of warm and cool temps, making it the ideal time for all different kinds of lettuce varieties. Once things get too warm, lettuce bolts, which means it sends out a quick surge of growth in the center and then gives up for the summer. You want to harvest the lettuce before it does so, as it can become bitter when it bolts. So the guys brought me tons of beautiful varieties yesterday morning, and we gave them a good bath before bagging them up for our CSA baskets. They also brought in two tasty Bok Choy varieties, along with loads more strawberries and plenty more asparagus.If you weren’t able to join our CSA this season, you can find strawberries, asparagus and even a few heads of lettuce at Mom’s Apple Pie in Leesburg. And as I mentioned before, our hope is to get a small market going on Wednesday’s & Saturday’s to reach even more hungry people! Stay tuned!